Has the Lord Set You apart as His Faithful Servant for Himself


In the post Who Hears the Cry of a Child?, we saw that David express confidence in answering Has the Lord Set You apart as His Faithful Servant for Himself. David had the assurance that when he called God would answer. The reality is that David was a part of God’s family is clearly seen in the text as well as other scriptures.

That was true about David, but what about you. Has the Lord Set You apart as His Faithful Servant for Himself?

Psalm 4

Answer me when I call to you,
    my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
    have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

How long will you people turn my glory into shame?
    How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?
Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself;
    the Lord hears when I call to him.

Tremble and do not sin;
    when you are on your beds,
    search your hearts and be silent.
Offer the sacrifices of the righteous
    and trust in the Lord.

Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”
    Let the light of your face shine on us.
Fill my heart with joy
    when their grain and new wine abound.

In peace I will lie down and sleep,
    for you alone, Lord,
    make me dwell in safety.

David’s words allows the notion of being in covenant with God to the forefront. Know that the people who are in covenant with God are the recipients of God’s lovingkindness. While there are times in life where it may seem that God and His lovingkindness are absent, those moments are mirages. God promises to never leave nor forsake us. For Him to do so, it would mean that He would violate or break His covenant.

What exactly is a covenant? The Hebrew word for covenant is bĕriythIt means  covenant, alliance, pledge, treaty, alliance, constitution. Generally, a covenant, in biblical matters, is a promise from God which He binds or commits Himself. Bĕriyth means to cut. The tradition or process during those days was for cutting or dividing animals into two parts with the two parties or people walking between the two parts in a “figure 8” fashion which suggested that if one of the parties breaks his covenant he is in essence saying “may I be torn apart like this animal if I fail to uphold my end of this agreement”.

There are two types of covenants seen in the Word: 1. unconditional as with Abram in Genesis 15:18, 22:15-18, 26:2-5, Hebrews 6-13-18. In an unconditional covenant, there are no conditions. It is an eternal covenant or promise from God. God alone passed between the sacrificed animals as Abram slept. Nothing was required on Abraham’s part. On the converse, 2. conditional as with what is termed the Mosaic covenant in Exodus 19:5-6. God’s promise to them was conditional based upon “if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant”. Well, we know they did not obey nor keep the covenant.

In this Psalm, David relies on the unconditional covenant or promise of God. David, like us, was fallible. We are not able in our own strength to live perfectly in order to meet the conditions of loving God with all our minds, hearts, soul and strength. When God the Lord has Set You apart as His Faithful Servant for Himself., He is in effect saying that I have provided the sacrifice, Jesus, that enables man to enter into relationship with Him. Salvation is by grace alone. There is nothing I could do to earn it; however, God does expect that one whose heart has been reset or regenerated to live in a manner consistent with that.

Has the Lord Set You apart as His Faithful Servant for Himself? If He has, let us commit to making every effort to live that way moment by moment for His praise, glory and honor.

 

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